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  • Michael Krasny reads at Writers With Drinks!

    December 5th, 2016

    Michael Krasny reads at Writers With Drinks!

    Start Date: Saturday 12/10/2016 — End Date: Saturday 12/10/2016
    Admission:$5 to $20

    December’s Writers With Drinks features our most ambitious blend of poetry, science fiction, brave storytelling and humor. Including KQED’s Michael Krasny!

    When: Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
    Who: Michael Krasny, Daryl Gregory, Anne Raeff, Variny Yim, Vidhu Aggarwal and Garrett Caples
    How much: $5 to $20, all proceeds benefit the CSC
    Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco, CA

    About the readers/performers:

    Michael Krasny’s latest book is Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means. Krasny is a scholar and Professor of English and American Literature at San Francisco State University, the host of KQED’s “Forum with Michael Krasny,” an award winning broadcast journalist, and author of two acclaimed books, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Search. Since 1993 he has been the host of “Forum with Michael Krasny,” a news and public affairs interview program produced at KQED Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco, California. The program is the most listened to locally produced public radio program in the United States and the number one program in its morning time slot in the San Francisco Bay Area market.

    Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We Are All Completely Fine. His stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.

    Anne Raeff’s stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica among other places. Her first novel CLARA MONDSCHEIN’S MELANCHOLIA was published in 2002 (MacAdam/Cage). Her short story collection, THE JUNGLE AROUND US won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and will be published in October 2016. She is proud to be a high school teacher and works primarily with recent immigrants. She too is a child of immigrants and much of her writing draws on her family’s history as refugees from war and the Holocaust. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and two cats.

    Variny Yim is a first generation, Cambodian-American author. In 2008, Variny collaborated on her first book with Jessica Blatt (Press) entitled, The Teen Girl’s Gotta-Have-It Guide to Money (Watson-Guptill/Penguin Random House). It was selected as a “Color of Money” Book Club recommendation by The Washington Post’s personal finance columnist, Michelle Singletary. Variny has worked as a journalist for USA TODAY and NBC, and blogged for Forbes.com. She has also been cited in numerous media outlets including: The Washington Post; San Francisco Chronicle; The Sacramento Bee; Teen Vogue; More; KGO-TV; NBC’s Momtourage.com; etc. Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Variny and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. Variny’s first novel, The Immigrant Princess, will be released June 2016.

    Vidhu Aggarwal’s multi-media works in video, poetry, and scholarship are oriented around Bollywood spectacle, Mardi Gras, and science fiction. Her poems have appeared in Juked, [PANK], Pedestal, Sugar House Review, INK BRICK, Project As [I] Am, and Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond, and The Electronic Gurlesque(Saturnalia 2016). A Kundiman fellow, she is the founding editor of SPECS, a multi-media journal with issues on “Homuncular Flexibility,” “Toys,” and “Faux Histories.” She has worked with John Sims Projects on “The 13 Flag Funerals” in Florida, and with artist Bishakh Som on “Lady Humpadori,” a poetry/comic book collaboration. Her collection of poems The Trouble with Humpdori (2016) received the Editor’s Choice Prize from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Her latest manuscript, Avatara, concerns the romance between a temporary Y2K tech worker and a unicorn A.I. She is on the executive board of Thinking Its Presences: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts, and teaches poetry and postcolonial/transnational studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

    Garrett Caples is the author of Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016), Retrievals (2014), The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), Complications (2007), and Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013). He is the poetry editor at City Lights Books and curates the Spotlight Poetry Series there. He is also a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written articles and blogged for the Poetry Foundation and occasionally blogs for City Lights.

    About Writers With Drinks:

    Writers With Drinks has won numerous ‘Best ofs’ from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7×7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City novels. The spoken word ‘variety show’ mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

    Location: 3225 22nd Street San Francisco

    Contact: Charlie Jane Anders charlieanders2@gmail.com
    URL: http://www.writerswithdrinks.com

    Winter Nights Festival-The Colors of India

    December 4th, 2016

    Winter Nights Festival-The Colors of India

    Start Date: Saturday 2/4/2017 — End Date: Saturday 2/4/2017
    Admission:General $20-$25; 17 & Under $10

    Ever wanted to visit India? The JCC will take you on a trip in one night right here in Marin. The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts offers the opportunity to experience the beauty, colors, rhythms, sounds, and flavors of India featuring Dholrhythms Dance Company. An upbeat and joyful dance production will tell the story of women in the villages of Punjab, India told through beautiful dance choreography weaved in with music, visuals, props, narration, live drumming, and song.

    The dance show will lead into dance instruction sharing fun and easy to learn dance steps followed by a great dance party on the floor with Dholrhythms Dance Co and music by DJ Jimmy Love (Non Stop Bhangra) accompanied by live dhol drummers.

    Come shake off your winter blues with a joyful night of dance! Watch, Learn, Participate, and Enjoy! Free Bindis at the door!

    Location: 200 North San Pedro Road San Rafael

    Contact: Linda Bolt KanbarVolunteer@gmail.com
    URL: http://www,marinjcc.org/arts

    Most Affordable Singles New Years Eve Party

    December 4th, 2016

    Most Affordable Singles New Years Eve Party

    Start Date: Friday 12/30/2016 — End Date: Friday 12/30/2016
    Admission:15-20

    The Bay Area’s most affordable New Years Eve Party for romantic singles is on the Eve of New Years Eve, Friday, December 30, 2016, 8pm-Midnight. Why pay $40-$100 to celebrate 2017, when the best singles NYE party is only $15/advance (by Dec 29) or $20/door? Avoid all the crazies on the road on NYE! This includes dancing to your favorite hits, plus party hats and favors, at a lovely waterfront restaurant at the exclusive Club at Harbor Point. Dressy attire requested. Adults of all ages welcome.

    LOCATION: The Club at Harbor Point, Lighthouse Grill, 475 E Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley CA. From Hwy 101 take Tiburon Blvd exit east towards the Bay; right on Strawberry Dr. Go appx. one mile and turn left. Free parking. Dinner available at additional cost.

    CO-SPONSORED by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization; and many singles meetups.

    DISCOUNT & more parties at www.thepartyhotline.com or 415-507-9962.

    Location: 475 E Strawberry Drive Mill Valley CA

    Contact: Rich Gosse rich@richgosse.com
    URL: http://www.thepartyhotline.com

    Yuki Kimura + Melanie Gilligan

    December 3rd, 2016

    Yuki Kimura + Melanie Gilligan

    Start Date: Tuesday 12/13/2016 — End Date: Saturday 2/25/2017
    Admission:free

    Opening: December 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
    Exhibition on view December 13–February 25, 2017

    Please join us for a public reception to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions.

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    Melanie Gilligan: Parts–wholes

    The system is broken. The system is rigged. Statements like these are familiar to a politically polarized American public, but rarely does political rhetoric go beyond the sound bite. The celebrity dimension of politics distracts from a detailed understanding of the economic forces that shape our lives. But Melanie Gilligan pays close attention to those forces.

    Through complex installations of her low-budget films, Gilligan offers powerful reflections on life in late capitalism. Blurring the distinctions between episodic television, documentary film, gallery exhibition, and theater, she presents remarkably perceptive assessments of the political conditions of our time.

    Melanie Gilligan (b. 1979, Toronto, Canada) lives and works between New York and London.

    This exhibition is curated by Leila Grothe. Lead sponsorship for Melanie Gilligan: 2016 Capp Street Artist-In-Residence is generously provided by Sonya Yu and Zachary Lara.

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    Yuki Kimura: Inhuman Transformation of New Year’s Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2

    Yuki Kimura translates abstract ideas into tangible objects. Because concept is paramount, her work borrows elements from architecture, design, photography, and sculpture in service of making the immaterial material. She often includes found photographs, but their subject matter, composition, and context are subordinate to their presence as physical objects.

    The elements in this exhibition of new work are doubled and multiplied. Pairs of photographs are blown up to human scale and hung together on a wall or transformed into matching tabletops. Identical twin images reference a traditional Japanese New Year’s decoration that symbolizes the idea of a mirror, as well as a western philosophical concept of time in which past and present are intertwined.

    Yuki Kimura (b. 1971, Kyoto, Japan) lives and works in Berlin.

    This exhibition is co-curated by Jeanne Gerrity and Leila Grothe. Lead sponsorship for Yuki Kimura: Inhuman Transformation of New Year’s Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 is generously provided by Sonya Yu and Zachary Lara. Additional support provided by John MacMahon; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; Jägermeister; and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc.

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    http://wattis.org/view?id=393

    CCA Wattis Institute
    360 Kansas Street
    San Francisco
    www.wattis.org

    Location: 360 Kansas St San Francisco

    Contact: Addy Rabinovitch institute@cca.edu
    URL: http://wattis.org/view?id=393

    New Years Eve Soul Party with Terrie Odabi

    December 2nd, 2016

    New Years Eve Soul Party with Terrie Odabi

    Start Date: Saturday 12/31/2016 — End Date: Saturday 12/31/2016
    Admission:$40/advance, $45/day of show All seating is Genera

    Celebrate the new year with the Bay Area’s heart-pumping blues and soul diva Terrie Odabi. Terrie’s music is honest, soulful, and intoxicating — her performances are consistently delivered with spellbinding conviction. Blues scholar Lee Hildebrand crowned her West Coast blues royalty, writing that Odabi is “easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the ’50s.”

    ‘Aside from her magnificent voice, which can evoke a hundred different shades of hurt, longing and bliss, what sets Odabi apart from so many of her peers is the depth she brings to the music.’

    ‘….a powerhouse vocalist with a velvet sledgehammer delivery….’ Andrew Gilbert Contributor for San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, JazzTimes, KQED and NPR

    Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Whether it’s opening for Average White Band, Lenny Williams, performing at the Concord Pavilion or the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Terrie’s finely honed instrument is matched by her generous spirit and wit.

    Also Featuring:
    Kirk Crumple: Bass
    Terry Hiatt: Guitar
    Simon Russell: Keys
    Derrick Martin: Drums

    “Terrie’s got soul and charm. Her voice soars and draws you in and makes you feel good. She is full of surprises!” enthuses trombonist Steve Turre, member of the Saturday Night Live Band and professor at the Juilliard School of Music. Turre, who has performed and co-written with Terrie, dubs her “a jewel from the Bay Area.”

    Location: 2513 Blanding Ave alameda

    Contact: Laili Gohartaj media@rhythmix.org
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/events/nye-soul-party.html

    An Irish Christmas

    December 2nd, 2016

    An Irish Christmas

    Start Date: Tuesday 12/20/2016 — End Date: Tuesday 12/20/2016
    Admission:$30-$40

    An Irish Christmas – As seen on PBS, it’s one of the most delightful holiday shows ever! “An Irish Christmas” brings just about everything to the table—joy, hope, laughter, friendship and celebration of life! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and enjoy superb music-making, dance and singing of Christmas carols, all led by an award-winning cast in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of ‘magic!’ You can be certain of a great Irish welcome! A PERFECT FAMILY SHOW!

    Location: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg

    Contact: California Theatre info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
    URL: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

    Mazella Houston’s Big Band FAREWELL

    December 2nd, 2016

    Mazella Houston’s Big Band FAREWELL

    Start Date: Sunday 12/18/2016 — End Date: Sunday 12/18/2016
    Admission:$19-$25

    Sunday, December 18th 2pm…A Bay Area favorite, the beloved vocalist “Mazella Houston” returns to the stage here at the California Theater for her “Big Band “FAREWELL” Show! This show, Mazella is backed by the 16­ piece “Rory Snyder’s Night Jazz Band”, with special guest, San Francisco’s renowned vocalist “Ms. Paula West”. Mazella then reaches back to her roots for a Gospel Salute, plus an after show All­Star Bay Area Musician’s after­party Jamm!!!

    Location: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg

    Contact: California Theatre info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
    URL: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

    Remembrance of Christmas Past

    November 30th, 2016

    Remembrance of Christmas Past

    Start Date: Sunday 12/4/2016 — End Date: Sunday 12/4/2016
    Admission:0.00

    Sunday, December 4, 10 pm
    East County Shared Ministry
    First Congregational Church of Antioch – Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg
    200 E Leland Rd (between Railroad & Harbor), Pittsburg, CA 94565
    The Historic Stoneman Chapel
    www.eastcountysharedministry.org
    925.439.9361 – 925.757.4094

    Rev. Christy Parks-Ramage will lead the worship celebration on the second Sunday in Advent based on the book, The Redemption of Scrooge: Remembrance of Christmas Past. Please join in sharing inspired scripture, song, fellowship and praise.

    Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, ALL are welcome here. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. Everyone is invited to participate in community and worship including, but not limited to, believers, seekers, agnostics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope.

    Location: 200 E Leland Rd (btwn Railroad & Harbor) Pittsburg

    Contact: Event coordinator cpcpittsburg@sbcglobal.net
    URL: http://www.eastcountysharedministry.org

    An African Dance Party

    November 30th, 2016

    An African Dance Party

    Start Date: Saturday 1/28/2017 — End Date: Saturday 1/28/2017
    Admission:$20-$25 General; $10 17 & Under

    The Kanbar Center at the Osher Marin JCC brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights festivals to the indoors. Tonight we celebrate West African Highlife Music and Dance with old friends Baba Ken Okulolo & THE WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND. Strong beats and driving rhythms, high energy and joyful, this Winter Nights concert and dance party brings friends, fun and sunshine indoors in the heart of winter. The JCC invites all to the Hoytt Theater to dance and enjoy the great energy that this music creates. Come get out on the dance floor and shake off those winter blues!

    Location: 200 North San Pedro Road San Rafael

    Contact: Linda Bolt KanbarVolunteer@marinjcc.org
    URL: www.marinjcc.org/Africa

    Cafe Flamenco

    November 30th, 2016

    Cafe Flamenco

    Start Date: Sunday 12/18/2016 — End Date: Sunday 12/18/2016
    Admission:$20/advance, $25/day of show, $12/kids (12 and und

    Join us for a very special Spanish-style celebration of paella, villancicos (Spanish Christmas carols) and flamenco! Cafe Flamenco celebrates another year of passionate shows featuring special guest artists from Spain: Dancer Reyes Barrios and singer El Grillo, along with the vibrant Mizuho Sato, Emmy Award-winning dancer Yaelisa, virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” with La Perla and La Kiki on palmas/baile. Come prepared to join the artists as they sing traditional carols to ring in the coming year and enjoy the holiday season in authentic Spanish flavor. Paella freshly made on site by Eduardo of Venga Paella will be available for purchase. A truly festive night to remember!

    Location: Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda

    Contact: Laili Gohartaj laili@rhythmix.org
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/events/flamenco-2016-dec.html